I guess I'm germaphobic, but I never use the baby basket in the cart for anything. Babies sit there with their wet diapers and I don't want that on my purse or food items. Other than the photo I loved the article.
Instant oats =/= instant oatmeal. But for a far better way to eat them, go steel-cut instead. You can get them in bulk at natural food stores and some regular grocery stores. They take a long time but you can cook them in a large batch once a week, and refrigerate them. Add a bit of milk or water, microwave, and stir. They're better for you and have a far better texture and flavor.
I think a better overall quiz question would be, can you AFFORD the healthy food in your grocery store? I for one cannot afford to load a cart up with fresh fruits and veggies very often. With apples at $3+ per pound and few bulk varieties (Red and Gold Delicious, Fuji, and the reviled Gala), peppers and so on at a likewise ridiculous rate, I could blow my entire food budget before getting anywhere else in the store. Farmer's markets here are NOT a cheaper option, they're just as or sometimes more expensive, and organic markets and co-ops tend to be likewise (or have produce that goes bad the next day).
I do garden during the summer, but when nature gives you a bad year...
Excellent information, full of common sense. One thing I would strongly advise in addition is that members living where there are no laws banning hormones or antibiotics in the meat and/or milk be certain to verify with store management that the products available(including anything made with the milk) are unadulterated, esp. if you have children. These additives are highly toxic to growing bodies even more than to us adults who want to become more healthy.
I think this article has some good tips but I agree with other commentors that it is conflicting with other articles. Maybe if they mention that the less the product has been processed or broken down (like with oats in oatmeal) the better the product will work for weight loss. If your body has to work harder to digest the food then it is doing the work for you. On the other hand I think we can keep in mind that some people might not be incorporating breakfast into their daily routines until they've decided it is time for a change and let's get some healthier food choices. So quick cooking oats would be a good option because it takes less time to make it for breakfast in he morning. And you can get quick oats without all the added sugar etc. if you buy it from the bulk bin instead of in a box labelled with quaker.
There that's my little spiel haha
Good luck to all you people reading this article looking to make changes it is hard but it can be done! :)
@LONIANNE- Instant oatmeal does not have to mean sweetened. There are plain, unsweetened, unflavored instant packets and instant oat canisters available, which is what this is referring to.
9/23/2012 1:42:23 PM
In the article (Shopping Cart Essentials), within the section on Oatmeal, there is a mention to buy instant Oatmeal (to save time).
What a conflict this is with another article (Breaking Your Sugar Addiction)! Right in the second paragraph (& I quote here): "Surprisingly, some "healthy foods" such as yogurt and instant oatmeal can pack in 20-30 grams (5-7 teaspoons) of unnecessary added sugar!
Somebody didn't do their homework before writing this article.
5/23/2012 11:47:48 PM
I enjoyed this article. I don't like whole milk, I just drink soy light. Also love bananas, putting them in the freezer, those are great to have on hand for smoothies. :-)
4/26/2012 10:55:50 AM
I used to feel the same as some of the other commentors about skim milk. I weined my self off of it by diluting whole milk in stages. 10% water for a week, then 25% for the next, until eventually I got to straight skim milk. Now that I've managed to get to the skim milk stage whole milk almost makes me want to gag.
Excellent article! Great resources on this site, makes it easy to stay focused.
4/12/2011 2:46:00 AM
This article helps new members on the first stage of a diet.
1/16/2011 10:56:53 PM
Very interesting, though most of the produce sections of stores in our areas have plenty in them worth avoiding; but that's nit-picking, isn't it? I will disagree with the recommendation for skim or low fat dairy. Nothing lower in fat will ever have the same taste as the original in the dairy case, period. After drinking whole milk for a while, drinking skim milk is like drinking water. And I, at least, have noticed a difference in how I respond to them.
(Caveat: not a diabetic, but with sometimes unstable blood sugar.) I generally use non-homogenized milk, and as the cream content by percentage inevitably goes down with each glass, I notice I'm hungrier earlier. Same when it comes to yogurt. (And I have no idea how low- or fat-free yogurt can be made. I make my own from whole milk with almost no problems, but I never successfully produced anything from reduced fat milk. Grainy on the bottom and water through the rest. Inedible, basically.)
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